Global Affairs

Families, Schools, and Child Development

In this undergraduate seminar, students will examine the complex relationships between family and school systems in the United States and Israel. We will be examining family-school connections, by taking a look at the nature of both systems as they relate to child development. The course begins with an introduction to the developmental-ecological-systems perspective. We will then consider existing theories regarding family engagement in children’s education, review empirical studies testing aspects of these theories, and consider school policies and practices. Case studies will be used to generate questions and discussion. Throughout the course, we will pay particular attention to the roles that culture, immigration, and racial and ethnic diversity in the United States, as well as Israel, play in establishing effective partnerships between families and schools for the benefit of children’s learning and overall development.


NYU Washington Square and Tel Aviv, Israel 

Program Dates:

Fall 2018 on Washington Square; travel to Tel Aviv January 2019

Application Deadlines:

Applications for 2018-2019 will be sent to eligible students by May 30

Who Can Apply:

Eligibility is listed on website

Course May Count Towards:

  • Societies & Social Sciences CORE
  • Liberal Arts elective
  • Unrestricted elective
  • Major or minor in Applied Psychology


Meeting Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30pm-4:45pm

Class Location: Please check Albert for classroom locations.

Course Number: APSY.UE.1278


Adina Schick, Clinical Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology


Undergraduate Tuition: Tuition for the 4-credit course are the same as a regular NYU course.

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Fall 2018.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Other Costs:

Participants are responsible for:

  • $400 program fee
  • Daily personal spending money, including most lunches and dinners, snacks, souvenirs, etc.
  • Any pre-departure immunization or medical expenses as required by NYU or recommended by students' personal doctors or the NYU Health Center
  • Visa fees if required
  • Cost of obtaining a passport, if student does not already have one
  • Regular tuition and registration fees


Students will stay in a hotel during the travel component of the seminar.  Rooms are double occupancy.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: NYU Steinhardt will book and pay for roundtrip air travel to Tel Aviv, based on the program travel dates.  Students will be required to travel as a group, and alternative flight plans are not allowed.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

VisaUS citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to Israel less than three months in duration.  All other passport holders should check  with their respective visa requirements

Helpful links: US State Department,  Center for Disease Control.